Dévény Method

Dévény Special Manual Technique and Gymnastic Method

Effective Physiotherapy treatment for Cerebral Palsy

Treating infants and children with Cerebral Palsy and Movement Developmental delay

The Dévény Method was developed by Anna Dévény, a Hungarian Physiotherapist and Gymnastics trainer. The Dévény Method is a unique treatment system.

The Dévény Method is a unique treatment system

For effective function normal movement is important. To achieve normal movement muscles require normal tone, length and appropriate strength. The Dévény Method is a unique treatment system that helps to restore function by resolving muscle imbalances, normalising muscle tone and correcting abnormal body positions.

The Dévény Method is not a type of massage, both its approach and practice differ from massage therapy.

It is achieved by manually treating muscles, tendons and soft tissue. Tendons have a high number of nerving endings which play vital part in proprioception and joint position sense also directly connected to the brain. Treatment of these areas is providing direct stimulation to the brain in all levels.

Why is the treatment effective?

  • Preventing and releasing contractures
  • Normalising pathological body positions
  • Providing direct stimulation of the nervous system on all levels
  • Facilitating potential movement
  • Improving muscle strength and coordination
  • Individually tailored

When could the Dévény Method be beneficial?

  • Cerebral Palsy ( CP )
  • Motor Developmental Delay
  • Centralised Hypotonia
  • Conditions with spasticity:
    • Hemiparesis
    • Paraparesis
    • Tetraparesis
    • Mixed spasticity ( e.g.: hypotonia trunk, spastic limbs )
  • Orthopaedic conditions
  • Plexus brachialis lesion

The treatment also successfully used in traumatology, sports injuries and in certain rheumatologic conditions such as peri arthritis humeroscapularis and coxarthrosis.

How to recognise movement developmental delay?

What parents might notice? What sign to look out for?

Babies learn by exploring their environment by movement, taste, touch and play. There are certain milestones in their development; it is important how your baby reaches these.
For example, being able to sit up and maintain a sitting position as opposed to being put into sitting. Parents often compare their babies to their friend’s babies and it could be difficult to decide whether their development is slower or it is caused by some underlying condition. We have a section about the main developmental milestones and tips for parents.